Claire Fox
director, Academy of Ideas; panelist, BBC Radio 4's Moral Maze; author, I Find That Offensive

Claire Fox is the director of the Academy of Ideas, which she established to create a public space where ideas can be contested without constraint. She convenes the yearly Battle of Ideas festival and initiated the Debating Matters Competition for sixth-formers. She also co-founded a residential summer school, The Academy, with the aim to demonstrate ‘university as it should be’.

She is a panelist on BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze and is regularly invited to comment on developments in culture, education, media and free speech issues on TV and radio programmes in the UK such as Newsnight and Any Questions?. Claire is a columnist for TES (Times Education Supplement) and MJ (Municipal Journal). She is author of a new book on free speech, entitled I Find That Offensive (Biteback) and No Strings Attached! Why arts funding should say no to instrumentalism (Arts&Business).

Claire is a fellow of Wellington College, an executive board member of the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR), UCL and is involved at a board level in the international debate network, Time To Talk.

Follow Claire on Twitter @Fox_Claire.


Wednesday 11 October, 13:30 The Big Tent, Wimbledon Common, London
Wimbledon Bookfest & Battle of Ideas Question Time

Saturday 28 October, 09:30 Free Stage
Battle of Ideas 2017 Welcome Address

Saturday 28 October, 10:00 Cinema 1
Is there a culture war against populism?

Saturday 28 October, 12:00 Cinema 1
Diversity: does it matter?

Saturday 28 October, 14:00 Cinema 1
Safety first: do we live in a ‘cotton-wool society’?

Saturday 28 October, 16:00 Cinema 1
Cultural appropriation: compliment or theft?

Saturday 28 October, 16:00 Frobisher Auditorium 2
Brexit – where are we at?

Saturday 28 October, 18:45 Conservatory
Festival Reception and Drinks

Sunday 29 October, 10:00 Cinema 1
Truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth

Sunday 29 October, 10:00 Cinema 2
Statues must fall! Erasing history or righting wrongs?

Sunday 29 October, 12:00 Cinema 1
Why Luther still matters: religious conscience and individual liberty

Sunday 29 October, 13:10 Free Stage
Hot off the press – In the wake of Weinstein: Hollywood, #MeToo and sexual harassment

Sunday 29 October, 14:00 Conservatory
Can sustainability and environmentalism survive Brexit Britain?

Sunday 29 October, 14:00 Frobisher 4-6
Do you trust the media?

Sunday 29 October, 14:00 Cinema 1
Censorship and identity: free speech for me but not for you?

Sunday 29 October, 17:30 Pit Theatre
Islamist terror: the new normal?

Monday 13 November, 19:00 CIEE London Global Institute, 46-47 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 4JP, UK
Brexit hate crime in schools: shocking truth or over-hyped?